* Posts by Mike Pellatt

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

Mike Pellatt

Re: Yet another go at improving the efficency of the court system through IT

Hint. It's not the IT, it's the processes you need to get better first, and that means getting people involved who actually use them

But you've missed the gov.uk mantra that you use IT to drive organisational change, because, well, people. And a new name for e-gov, innit.

Another mantra that flies in the face of all the evidence and research.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

Mike Pellatt

Re: I've forgotten...

Thus you hear stories of init scripts that reverse the order of network adapters

That got fixed nearly a decade ago. Though some recent Bright Ideas seem to be trying to un-fix it.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

Mike Pellatt

Re: I don't care what he's been accused of

When we lost the right to silence with the password law that should have been a red flag to everyone

It was to everyone who understood, or thought about, it.

But we're going down the same path again.

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

Mike Pellatt

Re: So what's the message here, then ??

If NR think they can get 24 tph (trains per hour) in each direction in the peaks through the Thameslink core then can I have some of what they are smoking please?

And even more, temporarily, when "recovering from perturbation".

Which is why I descibed it as "really brave". Yes, mad might be a better description. Especially given how many separate routes need to be merged together coming into the core (and even more now they're proposing to add in Rainham via Dartford, because Windmill Bridge can't handle the traffic...)

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

Mike Pellatt

Don't stop, Peter

Peter's been campaigning for this for decades.

If his ideas had been listened to, rather than a plethora of masts disfiguring the urban and suburban landscape, we'd have picocells integrated with everyone's CPE. And truly superfast broadband too.

But, The Market, innit.

I'm also pleased to see him pointing out the bleeding obvious that asymmetric FTTP/H is a crap idea, too. Spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar. But, Protecting Leased Line Revenue, innit.

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OpenSSH has user enumeration bug

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Facepalm

Errrrrr.

Run a net-facing ssh server with (only) password authentication ?? Wow, just wow.

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

Mike Pellatt

Michelson-Morely reborn

I find it wonderful that an experiment we reproduced at school - the Michelson-Morley - that disproved the theory of the stationary aether, is reborn with today's technology, and validates general relativity.

IFLS, as they say :-)

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

Mike Pellatt

Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

Because if they went through that service assessment...... they might not crash when there's a peak in activity.

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Mike Pellatt

Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

PM David Cameron.. says: “I believe the creation of the Government Digital Service is one of the great unsung triumphs of the last Parliament."

Because you'd want to sing about the great triumph of the payments system for the Dartford Crossing being in alpha state over a year and a half since it went live, wouldn't you ??

Every time the latest GDS farce happens, I go off and look. Still alpha ?? Check.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Mike Pellatt
FAIL

Re: Oh dear God.

Verify. Don't get me fucking started on that.

Turned out I needed to sign up to it to submit details of changes in personal circumstances for an adjustment to my tax code via gov.uk or whatever bullshit name the Web 2.x types have dreamt up this week.

Why they can't passport across my Government Gateway ID that I've been using for well over a decade for Tax, VAT, blood doning and God alone knows what else and thus should be more than good enough to verify my identity I can't fathom. Other than sheer incompetence and lack of understanding. Oh yes, see "Web 2.x types".

Anyways, go through all the rigmarole, 30 minutes later get verify from the Post Office because I distrust them slightly less than the other providers on offer. Of course, they've ambled off to the credit reference agencies for info to ask questions that might confirm I'm who I say I am. Go back to the gov.uk site, sign in, submit the changes. Sorry, for some reason I totally forget now the changes I want to make can't be submitted here. Please call us or write.

So I go back to the old HMRC site with my GG ID. Happily submit the changes via that route which is mercifully still working, new tax code issued within 2 weeks, no painful phone call or expensive letter required.

Someone please put the almost-entirely-still-Beta-flagged gov.uk and the crowd who work on it at the Cabinet Office out of our misery ASAP and tell HMRC there's (comparatively) little wrong with what they're doing at the moment and rip-and-replace is NOT required after all.

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Mike Pellatt

Re: Further testing required

The classes which have breaks longer than an hour apart tend to leave people with terrible recall of anything passed the 60 minute mark.

No shit, Sherlock. There's research going back decades, if not centuries, that shows this.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

Mike Pellatt

Re: Seriously!

It's fair to say that after years of trying, we're finally realising that a single on-disc filesystem that's optimised for all use cases is probably not achievable. So I don't see your objection as (necessarily) an issue.

As long as it's not forced on everyone....

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

Mike Pellatt

Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

Ambulance driver missed signs of sepsis

You are Jeremy Hunt and I Claim My Five Pounds.

For your information, the people you are presumably referring to there, who are qualified to make certain diagnoses and carry out certain treatments, are professionals whose job title is Paramedic. They are not Ambulance Drivers, despite the Health Secretary's recent repeated attempts to down-classify them every time he mentions them in a speech. He's yet to change his language.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Mike Pellatt

Re: 'Ow Yorkshire?

Certainly did at that campsite in the Dales in the late 60's whose facilities consisted of an earth closet.

Proper camping, that was.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

Mike Pellatt

"Not operated in the UK for years"

I have here a job ad that I saved away from them, in London, for a Linux Engineer, dated Sep 2014. Not that long ago, except in "Internet Years, pah"

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Cutting edge security: Expensive kit won't save you

Mike Pellatt

Re: So who pays for this in the outsourced world?

Absolutely. Especially when it comes to properly managing "need-to-know" access granularity. It seems to me that it's impossible for this not to be a highly labour-intensive activity.

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

Mike Pellatt

Jim Hacker's Department of Administrative Affairs is alive and well, its 21st Century incarnation being GDS.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Mike Pellatt

Re: "We are putting a lot of trust in the developer”

Much like the response when world+dog with any security knowledge told them ActiveX would be a disaster for security. "But it's what our users want" said MS.

That ended well, didn't it ?

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Microsoft account-hijacking hole closed 48 hours after bug report

Mike Pellatt

"Despite CSRF bugs not having the same credibility as other bugs....."

Really ???

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

Mike Pellatt

Looks like the MIT scientists who deep-dived the Linux kernel for tSCOg and Darl have moved on to bigger and better things.

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Rejoice, sysadmins, there's a new glamour job nobody understands

Mike Pellatt

<Catherine Tate>

I can do that.

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Mike Pellatt

Isn't that an embedded systems architect, renamed ?

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

Mike Pellatt
Facepalm

Isotope reset

I read it. "Isotope reset" does not change the half-life of any isotope. It determines the ratios of isotopes in the sample.

Next.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Charging...

The one massive problem with ALL renewable power sources is that the are INTERMITTENT and can not supply base load.

And the massive problem when nuclear came along was that it was slow to turn on and off (and the problems weren't just with the reactors - I saw the video of what happened to the stator end windings on a 600MW set when it went from 0 to full load...) ie constant generation, whilst the load was variable - sort of the converse of wind/solar/tidal.

It's why Cruachan and Dinorwic were constructed in the first place. And they can do the same job for renewables - store until needed.

Anyway, we've kicked the can a decade or two down the road by extending the life of a number of existing nukes.

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Mike Pellatt

You have seen the terms of "free" solar installations, haven't you ?

Renting your roof to the installation company (or its successors/financiers) for 25 years.

Neat idea, that.

For the solar installer.

Not for the homeowner.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Bah!

replenishing from a renewable resource ?? Yes, on a geological timescale.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: If you read the statement they are making specific claims

And we won't be able to use the ones left, coz they're all Grade 2 listed so can't be modified.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Green Prince of Darkness....the "sustainable" fraud....

Even accepting (which of course I don't) the second half of the sentence in the quoted assertion, it's still faux science, because the first half of the sentence doesn't tell us (other than by implcation) which isotope of Uranium is being referred to.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Green Prince of Darkness....the "sustainable" fraud....

I know I shouldn't have gone there, but just for the lulz I visited your website. In one essay (Nullius in Verba, presumably yours) I found:

"Uranium has a half life of 4.5 billion years in laboratory conditions but the decay rate is unknown and unpredictable in the Earths molten mantle"

This assertion tells me who is the faux scientist in one sentence.

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

Mike Pellatt

Amongst all the screaming

Just remember that to exploit the vulnerability requires a compromised upstream DNS server, or MTM vector.

If that's happened, m'lud, I'd submit that this vuln is the least of your problems.

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

Mike Pellatt

Re: Tortious interference claims ..

Thanks for your ref. Now, that's interesting. The post has an insert headed "Update: 2014". Groklaw "closed" on 20th August 2013. All I had been aware of happening since then was updates to the various timelines (pretty much SCO vs IBM) and 2 or 3 new "news picks".

And those news picks have some PJ comments too, so it's not just Mathfox.

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Mike Pellatt

The trustee (sic) in bankruptcy and his cohorts made sure they bled the corpse dry. There was a few million kicking around that they sucked out. The accounts are there on Groklaw.

It was the sundry creditors who got screwed most of all. Including the local pizza place.

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Mike Pellatt

Kodak - ex-Interactive Unix. The only "other" Unix on 80386 in the mid-80s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_Systems_Corporation

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Mike Pellatt
Joke

Yabut... The BSD implementation of true(1) doesn't give you any help. A serious omission, IMHO.

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

Mike Pellatt

Re: actually the *86 goes back to the 8008 .

And one of the guys in my year at IC built a telephone switch using one as his final year project....

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

Mike Pellatt

Re: Groklaw shut down in 2013

As a blog, yes.

But the timeline and document repository from the various cases (in practice, SCO vs IBM) continues to be updated.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: time for IBM to get angry

I thought they were already in Chapter 7.... <clickety-click>.... Yes, converted 24 August 2012

http://groklaw.net/pdf3/SCOGBK-1439.pdf

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Mike Pellatt

Re: How many conclusions

Yabut.... The esteemed Trustee in Bankruptcy swore blind to the Delaware Bankruptcy court that there was a really, really good chance of winning against Novell. Despite utterly losing that case, I guess he can't backtrack on the rest of the litigation's chances.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: “why do SCO's backers keep it alive?”

David Boies' law firm undertook to carry on (this part of) the litigation until its conclusion for a fixed fee, and, if I remember correctly, a share in any settlement. So they're contractually obliged to the "trustee"-in-bankruptcy to carry on this farce.

But that was for legal fees, not expenses. Which is why things are now moving at a glacial pace. Boies et al know the chances of profit!!!! are very low, so they really are doing the bare minimum.

So the answer to the question is - it was all paid for up-front a decade or so ago. You'll note that Microsoft had some involvement in one round of funding back then. Allegedly.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

Mike Pellatt

Re: Look at all the people that care

Cats ?

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Docker bags unikernel gurus – now you can be just like Linus Torvalds

Mike Pellatt

Re: So a unikernel

But given most developers run everything at the highest level they could so it's easier to code, I won't be surprised if this stuff becomes common.

That. x100.

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Linode: Back at last after ten days of hell

Mike Pellatt

Region blocking is pretty much SOP for many organisations for SMTP traffic, and has been for years. This just extends it down to the IP level :-)

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

Mike Pellatt

then the windows fall out

Or the architects decide that concave ones would look nice. Then they inexplicably focus sunlight onto the roadway below and damage cars.

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Mike Pellatt

Re: High level languages?

Is there any other way to write Perl code ?

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Cycle times < 1MHz

Clock rates <1MHz. 4 clocks per cycle if you were lucky :-)

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Mike Pellatt

Re: HP Mainframes job open?

2100 was more of a controller

I only called it a mini 'coz the lab one had a teletype attached :-) I seem to remember programming an ISR for the keyboard was the task we had.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Replace technology drudgery by automated life-cycle convention.

If you don't realise why he's been so royally downvoted, oh well.....

I'm sure you'd just love the reputation of being the guy who lost 2 deep space probes that had gone the furthest of any manmade object and had been doing just fine for decades. Through your bright idea for how Things Could Be Done Better.

Seems you couldn't be arsed to upvote him, either.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: HP Mainframes job open?

HP 2100 not a mainframe, 'twas a desktop mini.

2nd year elec eng, 1974/5, programming it was part of the optional computing course.

We had to write the assembler, then hand-assemble it into the machine code, then enter it in with the front panel pushbuttons.

I thus gained an intuitive understanding of how instructions are decoded, logic flows through the ALU, and the way an ISR works.

Can I have the job please ?? I still don't "get" object-orientation :-)

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

Mike Pellatt

110 million PCs can't be wrong

That's priceless. Absolutely priceless.

The phrase "Eat shit. 100 billion flies can't be wrong" instantly entered the front of my consciousness. Who else did that happen to ???

Clearly not the Microsoft markerdroids

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